Perhaps this is your first time away from home and you are wondering, how am I going to clean my clothes!? Don’t rely on the launderette – it’s better to learn to do it yourself! Today I’ve made a nice set of instructions that will allow you to know how to do laundry.
How To Do Laundry – the First Step Is To Check The Labels!
The label lets you know if there are any special washing requirements for your clothes. You can usually find the label around the collar of shirts and sweaters, and at the waist of pants.
- If you see an image with a bucket and a number in it – this is the temperature in Celsius that you should wash your clothes at.
- If there is a hand there instead of a number, it means that your clothes should be hand washed.
- An X in the bucket means don’t wash these clothes – however, this is very rare.
- If you see a triangle it means bleaching. A white triangle means the item can be bleached (for example some towels or bed clothes), a black triangle or an X means that you should never use bleach with this item.
- When you see a box with a circle inside this means how you should use the dryer for this item of clothes. One dot in the dryer means use a low temperature, two dots indicate a normal temperature and an X means the dryer should not be used.
- If you see a plain box with no circle inside then the item should be dried on the line. If there is a stroke through the middle then it should be dried flat, or if there are three vertical lines in the middle then it should be drip dried.
- When you see the iron image it means the temperature to use your iron on the clothes. The more dots, the higher the temperature you can use. An X through the iron means do not use the iron!
- I think the most important things to pay attention to are the temperature you can wash at, and if you can dry using a tumble drier. I have lost suit trousers before by not paying attention to the latter detail!
How To Do Laundry – Sort Your Dirty Clothes InTo Different Piles
- Light clothes which are for instance pastel colored.
- Dark clothes such as navy, dark green, black or any shade of the color red.
- White clothes, which must be washed on their own, and never mixed with red clothes!
- Fuzzy sweaters.
- Delicate clothes.
- Towels and sponges should always be washed separately. They are much dirtier than regular clothes as they collect skin and other dirt and need to be washed at a higher temperature. When you add these to the machine add two tablespoons of vinegar to your machine as it fills with water to get rid of the bacteria and the musty smell.
- Putting towels, cloths, and sponges in a regular wash will mean that they don’t get cleaned properly because the temperature is not high enough, and worse, your clothes will come out smelling like a musty cloth or towel.
How To Do Laundry – Some Final Steps Before Washing
- This means that you should empty all your pockets of pens, money, paper and especially tissues. If you leave a tissue in the wash, everything gets covered in a fine white tissue powder!
- If there are any major stains, such as a red wine spill or mud, you ought to re-treat these before the wash. This usually means adding a little laundry soap solution directly to the stained area and waiting a few minutes before adding it into the washing machine.
How To Do Laundry – Put Your Sorted Pile Of Clothes In The Washing Machine
- When adding in clothes, don’t stuff as much as you can fit in. Leave some room at the top, as this allows your clothes to move around and get properly washed.
- Add washing powder or detergent. On the bottle or box of your washing bottle, you should see a chart that tells you how much to use.
- Now you should select the appropriate temperature on your machine to wash your clothes. Colored clothes should be put on at a colder temperature to prevent their color from “running”. Whites can be washed in warmer water. As I said before, bed linen and towels need hot water and should be washed separately.
- If you are in doubt, then go for a colder temperature. Hot washes are one of the main causes of shrunken clothes! Again, you should read the label to make sure.
How To Do Laundry – Drying Your Clothes
I’m of the opinion that if you have the time and space to air dry your clothes, then you should.
First of all, running your dryer all the time uses up a lot of energy. Secondly, air drying is better for delicate clothes and can allow stretchy clothes to stay in shape longer.
If you are using the tumble dryer, then don’t overload the dryer or over dry your clothes.
When they are finished in the tumble dryer, you shouldn’t just put them in a ball. Instead, neatly fold the clothes or hang them in order to prevent wrinkles.
How To Do Laundry – Clean The Lint Trap
The lint trap on your dryer is detachable – you can pull it out to clear out any lint that is clogged there.
Not only is clogged lint a fire hazard, but it also stops your clothes getting dried quicker.
So there you have it – a basic guide on how to do laundry. I didn’t even get time to talk to you about ironing! But I’ve got that saved for another day.
Let me know what you think in the comment section below. Are there any common pitfalls of doing the laundry that you have had to learn the hard way?
I know for sure I’ve shrunk a few items in the past, much to my horror. Following this basic advice will help you to avoid the same mistake!